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  • Toughpigs

    Last year, I was redesigning the main page for new wikis, and I noticed a weird thing. There was a line on the main page that said "This wiki was founded in (Month) (Year)." I looked at what people were doing on that page, and I found that a number of people were filling in the month and year, but keeping the parentheses, like this: "This wiki was founded in (March) (2008)." Seriously. That happened a lot.

    People did the same thing in the Featured article section. There was a message in italics -- Add your featured article in this box! People added their featured article... and they wrote it all in italics.

    What I learned was: If you're going to give people a format, don't give them the wrong idea about how to fill it out. It might seem obvious…

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  • Sarah Manley

    Less than a week after celebrating 100,000 wikis, Wikia has reached another exciting milestone: we now have over 2 million registered users!


    Our community members are the heart and soul of Wikia, and we want to thank all of you for the amazing work you do here every day. From adding content, to designing wiki skins, combating spam, and providing feedback, Wikia users are one active bunch! In the past six years we have seen our communities grow from a small group to a population the size of Botswana! With wiki topics ranging from Twilight to Left for Dead, and even now specialized Q&A sites, Wikia is home to just about every topic out there, and growing.


    If you are new to Wikia, welcome! There is a ton of fun content to check out and lots of c…



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  • Crucially

    Our Iowa datacenter is going to be taken offline for maintenance tomorrow morning (Saturday 10 April 2010) between 6 AM GMT and 8 AM GMT. You will still be able to edit normally during this time, but some users may notice slower loading times.


    The reason for the maintenance is that our ISP is working on their fiber links and will briefly be unavailable. We will route traffic to our San Jose and London datacenters to keep the site running while the work is done.


    Thanks

    Artur

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  • Sarah Manley

    Wikia is celebrating the creation of its 100,000th wiki community!


    We have come a long way since Angela Beesley Starling and Jimmy Wales created 'Wikicities' in 2004. It has been an amazing journey, and Wikia now has communities on topics ranging from Sewing to Pop Tarts, Call of Duty to FarmVille, and Glee to Geek Feminism.

    A couple of significant milestones...

    • Wikianswers was our first wiki and started in the Fall of 2004. Wikianswers now has approximately 520,000 questions and 148,000 answers.
    • Wikicities already had 100 wikis in 2005 when the popular wikis Uncyclopedia and Memory-Alpha decided to join us.
    • With nearly 1000 wikis in 2006, we changed our name from Wikicities to Wikia.
    • WoWWiki, EverQuest 2 Wiki, and FFXIclopedia joined Wikia in 2…

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  • Sarah Manley

    Not sure if it's the fresh air, longer days, or simply a change in the season, but something is just a bit off on Wikia. Wowwiki seems turned around, Club Penguin has gone Russian, Runescape now has a bug eyed over-lord, and Uncyclopedia has gotten a bit boring.


    It's pretty freakin' weird. Ideas on what may be going on?

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  • Sarah Manley

    Wikians love to customize their wiki's look to match the feel of their community. One of the most frequent questions founders ask on the Community wiki is how to personalize their wiki's look to be more like the designs found on Percy Jackson, Wowwiki, Avatar and others. Well today our jobs got a little easier as our super talented designers have developed 6 new themes with a variety of colors and backrounds.


    You can preview and select these skins under the Skin tab in your user Preferences, and they include:



    With the addition of these new themes, we have unfortunately stopped offering support for 4 former themes, including Smoke, Slate, Gaming and Brick. Any wiki or user who is currently using one of these can continue to do so, but any sw…



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  • Kirkburn

    Photo gallery launch

    March 25, 2010 by Kirkburn


    Good morning!

    As part of our commitment to making wikis easier to use, we're introducing a new way to add photos to your wiki, Photo Galleries.


    Photo galleries allow you to collect and display multiple images together anywhere on a page. You can add captions, define destination links and adjust the sizes to fit any page type.

    Photo galleries have existed on Wikia for a while, but we have now created a wizard to allow you to quickly create them from the editor without knowing any advanced wiki code. However, we have made some improvements to how they work.


    Add a new gallery - there is a new toolbar button in the "Insert" section: - click this to add a new gallery! From here, you can go through the steps on the wizard to upload or choose existin…




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  • Sarah Manley

    New hubs

    March 22, 2010 by Sarah Manley

    In a continuing effort to make it easier for people to find all the amazing communities and interesting content across the whole of Wikia, we have built a set of new category homepages. These are live today, and will be linked from the top navigation menus on Wikia's home page, . They are designed to automatically show the largest wikis, the most popular blog posts, heavily edited articles and most active users in each category, which include topics such as Xbox Games, Anime, TV, Horror and much more.


    The great part about these pages is they highlight some of the best community activity across Wikia. Did you know that:

    • Dragon Age, The Vault, Call of Duty, Final Fantasy and Borderlands wikis are all competing for the top spots on the PS3 Game…

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  • Shahid

    You can now create your own specialized Answers site on Wikia. An Answers site allows you to ask and answer questions on a topic you're passionate about. You might want to create a site as a companion to your wiki, or share knowledge on any other topic - find out more, or become known as the expert!

    Check out these examples:

    • http://clubpenguin.answers.wikia.com
    • http://green.answers.wikia.com.
    • http://stpatricksday.answers.wikia.com
    • http://justin-bieber.answers.wikia.com

    These sites use the same software as other sites on Wikia, but are customized for this specific use. This means that the extensions, tools and features you see on Wikia wikis might not be available on Answers sites.

    We have added a new feedback tab, which you can see on the right h…

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  • Sannse

    Even-faster-Monaco

    March 12, 2010 by Sannse

    Over the last few weeks we have been working on improving the speed of the site. A major part of this is improvements to Wikia's current Monaco skin.

    The new version will use 'sprites' (combined images) or CSS to replace some individual images. This will cut down the number of images your browser needs to load and make pages faster. There are also changes to the ways Javascript and CSS are processed for the skin, with some stylesheets being combined to further speed up loading.

    So, what should you see on your wikis? For most, the only change should be faster loading times. For a few wikis with heavily customized skins, you may find that some icons are reset to the defaults. Examples of this are the external link icon and the "more" button in…

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